This recipe of gluten free hazelnut marzipan cookies is one that has been passed down to me from my mother and she got it from her grandmother. So there’s a long lasting tradition here and I guess it speaks for the quality of these christmas cookies. This has been created and tested before this whole gluten-free craze was a thing. Don’t get me wrong: if you’re sensitive to gluten, I really don’t envy you. I’m glad that the industry offers you a lot of alternatives at the moment but I get the feeling that it kind of became a “thing” to avoid gluten. It’s not bad for you unless your gluten intolerant. Really.
This doesn’t make these cookies any more healthy or unhealthy though. They are just delicious and they don’t want to be anything else. The non-pretentious cookies. I like them already.
All you need is:
- 4 eggs
- 200 g sugar
- 250 g grated hazelnuts
- 120 g dark jam (like red currant)
- 250 g marzipan
- 200 g dark chocolate
- some powder sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 190 ° C. Separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites until stiff and in a separate bowl the egg yolks with the sugar until the mixture is fluffy and light yellow. Mix the egg whites with the egg yolks and hazelnuts. Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread the mixture on top to a height of 7 mm. Bake for 20 mins and let it cool completely.
Coat the dough with a thin layer of jam. Dust your work place with some powder sugar and roll the marzipan to a thin layer. Put this layer on the jam. Melt the chocolate in a water bath and spread it on top. Cut before the chocolate hardens and let it cool on a wire rack.
I love those little sweet bites that go perfectly with some tea and coffee. Normally in winter I drink more tea and a little treat like these gluten free hazelnut cookies go really well with it.
A few of my friends don’t like marzipan and that’s something I can’t understand. They do like almonds and what’s marzipan than a literally a sweeter version? It’s peculiar.
Now. Carry on!